Monday, 9 September 2013

Extravagantly Hopped

First time I've placed an order through the Brewdog web-shop and overall I was quite impressed. Not cheap but access to their occasional range, and some great guest beers I haven't seen locally, helped make the decision (pic of the purchases below). As did the discount through their Equity for Punks scheme. Order placed on Monday, arrived on Thursday, and good brewed on dates too!

I still prefer to buy locally where I can, as much because I enjoy a good nosey around an offie as anything else (I'm the guy wondering aimlessly around The Vineyard and LightHouse Wines), but it's another option for picking up some of the harder-to-get beers from the list.

Future posts will cover the Brewdog beers, but starting off with a few others...

Beer 170 from “1001 Beers...”
  • Green Flash West Cost IPA. Style: IPA, ABV: 7.8%. Purchased: Brewdog
    Description: Poured amber with a good head. Big citrus hit on the nose, lots of grapefruit, and some decent hop pines. Caramel and biscuit malts, with plenty of citrus flavour. Piny, grassy notes in the background. Good bitterness, with a light-to-mid body, slightly resin like.
    Thoughts: It claims it is “Extravagantly Hopped” on the bottle, so another for the hop heads. I get the feeling that if fresher it would have more piny and grassy hoppiness, but actually the little big of age may have helped balance it and make it more drinkable. Great IPA.
    Score: 8.

Now A beer from the list i have had before but haven't blogged about - beer 79 from “1001 Beers...
  • Thornbridge Jaipur. Style: IPA, ABV: 5.9%. Purchased: The Vineyard
    Description: Light blond and clear. Decent white head that stayed. Great hop smells, a little pineapple. Light and fruity, lots of citrus, a little honey sweetness in the finish. Light and fizzy mouth feel.
    Thoughts: Lovely example of a light, fruity and citrus IPA. Not much malt going on in this one, making it very drinkable.
    Score: 7.5

Beer 82 not from “1001 Beers...”
  • Hitachino Nest Amber Ale. Style: Amber Ale, ABV: 5.8%. Purchased: LightHouse Wines

    Description: Poured dark brown/red with a tan head. Lots of malt smells, some brown sugar. Good malty taste, quite subtle. Mid mouth feel with light fizz.
    Thoughts: Had a bit of a cold so may be not the best circumstances for a review. Nice beer still, quite subtle, though not as good as their white ale.
    Score: 7


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